It can be hard to shop for a college student. We’re not quite kids, but who really wants to embrace adulthood? But there are still plenty of great Christmas ideas for a 20 something.
We all have that relative who doesn’t have a clue what age we are. It’s the cruel dark side of Christmas. Thank God that Santa is here to bring the festive vibes. Here are some ideas that you probably shouldn’t be considering.
Note: I’ve either received, or witness the reception, of all these gifts. Hard to believe I still turned out okay after all the horrors. Also, these are in no particular order.
1. Charitable donations in some one else’s name. Seinfeld famously parodied this in its Festivus episode. Gifts like these put the recipient in a terrible position. He or she is required to put on a facade while feeling guilty that he or she is not pleased with this gift “that keeps on giving…” I’m not condemning charity, just let people make contributions for themselves.
2. Christmas sweaters, or anything Christmas related. These gifts are great, just not great to give on Christmas day. Who wants a festive gift that they can’t use for another year?
3. Household appliances that he or she did not ask for. Times are tough so appliances make for good gifts. But don’t go out and buy someone a toaster that was not requested. I once gave my mother a sewing machine that was a re-gift. She knew. Not a good gift…
4. Anything Twilight related, or any other fad that will die before next Christmas. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter will live forever. Twilight will not. Unless the recipient has some sort of strange connection to the franchise (such as looking like them), pick something else.
5. Tea. No one wants tea for Christmas. Good tea can be purchased for three dollars a box. You will look cheap. You probably are cheap if you’re planning on giving someone tea for Christmas. I have 20 boxes of tea in my room. I don’t want tea for Christmas. Why? Because it’s a crap gift.
6. Things that you’re interested in, but not the recipient. Do not buy people things with the intention of “getting them into it.” The person will have to fake interest for fear of hurting your feelings. Get them something they want.
7. Gift cards. No. No. No. If this is your last resort, just give cash. You still suck, but you suck less.
8. Clothes that don’t fit. If you’re giving someone clothes, get the size right. I do not fit into extra large t-shirts. I won’t wear one to please the buyer of this terrible gift. Don’t get me started on pants. You may be afraid to ask someone their size because it lets them know you’re getting them clothes, an often crappy gift, but take the risk.
9. Cigarettes. That’s what Bender’s dad from The Breakfast Club got him… Smoke up Johnny!!! He didn’t like his Dad.
10. A Snuggie. Snuggies are so 2009. Not that they were ever in. Apparently, sleved blankets are still being made. Who knew?
Check back next week for some of the best Christmas gifts. Well, check tomorrow for something else we wrote about. Or maybe an hour from now, just to be safe.